TOM T. O'KEEFE
Mr. O’Keefe is the Chairman and CEO of O’Keefe Development, a company he founded in 1986. Since its inception, O'Keefe Development has developed or acquired approximately five and a half million square feet of commercial real estate projects with an asset value of approximately $1 billion.
O'Keefe is also the founder and former Chairman & CEO of Tully’s Coffee Corporation (“Tully’s”), founded in 1992. O'Keefe developed and executed the initial business plan and directed the building of the brand, both domestically and internationally. O'Keefe retired from the Tully's board in early 2010 after selling a substantial portion of the company to Green Mountain Coffee/Keurig. The sale provided capital for a payoff of all debt and a partial return of capital to all investors.
Prior to founding O'Keefe Development, O'Keefe was a leasing and sales broker with Coldwell Banker Commercial Real Estate Services. In his 8+ years as a broker O'Keefe negotiated in excess of 400 transactions.
O'Keefe and his wife Cathy have been committed to and actively involved in community organizations for over 30 years. Most efforts focus on the health, education and welfare of the children in our community. The O’Keefe’s were co-founders of the Patrons of Cystic Fibrosis and of the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation of Seattle guilds. O'Keefe is presently serving as a board member for the Juvenile Diabetes Guild of Seattle and The Museum of Flight. O’Keefe formerly served as a board member for Villa Academy, Seattle Preparatory Academy, Virginia Mason Hospital, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Children’s Hospital and the Bellevue Boy’s and Girl’s Club.
Mr. O’Keefe attended the University of Washington and majored in Communications/Advertising.
As Director of Operations, Mr. Davidson oversees all marketing and construction activity for O’Keefe Development’s portfolio of investment and development real estate. He first joined O’Keefe Development in 2004 as a property manager, and over the next seven years advanced to a position with direct involvement in the execution of management, leasing, due diligence, and new construction.
In 2011 Mr. Davidson joined the real estate brokerage firm Cushman & Wakefield where he was awarded the title of Director. Having learned the business from the owner/developer side, he was equipped with a unique approach to real estate brokerage where he focused on strategic transactions that required creativity in addressing a wide range of property and marketing opportunities. Clients ranged from publicly traded domestic and international companies to small local investors.
Davidson returned to O’Keefe Development in 2014, and brought a new perspective and experience in dealing with lease and sale transactions as well as a more expansive network of, and relationships with, Seattle area real estate professionals.
Mr. Davidson attended Seattle Preparatory School and holds a Bachelor’s degree from Gonzaga University in Applied Communication Studies. He is actively involved in the local arts community and is a founding member of the Seattle Aquarium Auxiliary Board. As a lifetime Washington resident, Mr. Davidson enjoys all of the personal and professional friendships he’s established over the years and the ability to quickly transition from city living to the great outdoors!
Ms. Aplin has been affiliated with O’Keefe Development since November 2010. Ms. Aplin’s duties are managing the accounting services and relationships, including all outside accounting firms. In addition to overseeing monthly coordination and distribution of asset financial statements, Ms. Aplin is the asset manager for all owned properties.
Prior to joining the O’Keefe companies team Ms. Aplin was with Haggen, Inc., in various accounting functions including her last position of General Accounting Manager. Ms. Aplin was with Haggen, Inc., for 14 years. Haggen, Inc., is the owner and operator of full service grocery stores and the associated real estate.
Ms. Aplin attended Western Washington University and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting. Ms. Aplin also is a CPA.